Not long after Silver Little Eagle became a Northern Cheyenne council member at the age of 23, she was severely beaten and robbed, shocking people far beyond Montana.But it was only the start of her travails »
Former Vice President Mike Pence was briefly heckled Friday as a "traitor" at a conservative conference in Orlando seen as a stop for Republicans honing stump speeches for a possible presidential run in 2024. As Pence kicked off his remarks to the Faith and Freedom Coalition, the organization founded by political consultant and lobbyist Ralph Reed, several audience members greeted him with boos. "It is great to be back with so many patriots," Pence said as the jeering continued, "dedicated to faith and freedom and the road to the majority."
Two Mooresville police officers who fatally shot Chris Craven last summer after they say he pulled a gun — an account disputed by the dead man's wife — will not face criminal charges, a special prosecutor announced Friday. In a statement, Randolph County District Attorney Andy Gregson said officers Alexander Arndt and Christopher Novelli reasonably feared for their lives when they fired dozens of shots with high-powered rifles at Craven during an Aug. 2 confrontation outside his Mooresville home. “It is clear from all of the evidence that at the time Officers Arndt and Novelli fired their duty rifles they were presented with an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury from the actions of Mr. Craven,” Gregson said in summarizing the findings of a State Bureau of Investigation report.
Yogi Adityanath, the Hindu priest tipped as successor to India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has said hospitals lied about shortages of oxygen during the height of the Covid crisis, in an exclusive interview with the Telegraph. Mr Adityanath, the chief minister of India's most populous state Uttar Pradesh, is seen as the third most powerful man in India behind his colleagues in the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Mr Modi and home minister Amit Shah. The controversial politician attracts fervent support among many of India's 966 million Hindus, who admire his Trump-like forthrightness on domestic issues - but, until now, Mr Adityanath had never spoken to the international media.
We probably won't know for a while whether President Biden's sit-down with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva this week produced any tangible benefits for the U.S. But Biden did accomplish one thing, at least: Russia's pro-Kremlin media no longer views him as a dotard. For months, Russian state media ridiculed Biden "as bumbling, confused, and well past his prime," The New York Times reports. "But by Thursday, the mood had shifted: Here was a man in the White House, some said, who understands us, whom we can do business with."
People in Hong Kong have queued up to buy copies of the pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily a day after its newsroom was raided by police. The raid on the newspaper came as two of its executives were charged under Hong Kong's controversial new national security law. Editor-in-chief Ryan Law and chief executive officer Cheung Kim-hung were the two charged.
Activists widely expected Joe Biden to take swift action against the death penalty as the first sitting president to oppose capital punishment, especially since an unprecedented spate of executions by his predecessor ended just days before Biden took office. That has not happened.
Italy's government is under huge pressure to staunch the arrivals of migrants from the coast of North Africa as the country recorded a nine-fold increase in the number of asylum seekers reaching its shores since 2019. Latest figures show the migration landscape shifting, with many more attempts to reach Spain and Italy than Greece, which has adopted hardline policies. On Friday, Greece's migration minister said the government had adopted the measures so “we don't send the wrong message of incentivising people to come”.
A federal judge threw out U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention safety rules for cruise companies operating in Florida during the COVID-19 pandemic Friday, handing a victory to Gov. Ron DeSantis. In a 124-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday of the Middle District of Florida said the agency's “conditional sail order” — a framework of regulations dictating how cruises can restart in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic — can remain in place for Florida cruises only until July 18, granting DeSantis' request for a preliminary injunction while the full case moves forward. After July 18, the rules will become non-binding recommendations for cruise companies as they are for other industries.
When Hurricane Isaias spilled onto North Carolina's coastline in August, dozens of boats were left piled on top of one another at a small marina in Southport. “I'm not gonna sugar-coat it y'all, it's been a roller coaster of a day for the Southport Marina team,” manager Hank Whitley said in a Facebook post after the storm had passed on Aug. 4, adding, “our docks are devastated, boats are scattered, facility has significant damage, but our spirit is very much in tact.” Nearly a year later, the owners of those boats are suing to stop the marina from trying to collect millions of dollars in damages they said have been falsely attached to them.
This is Swamp 101, but instructive all the same: An audio recording has surfaced of Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin asking billionaire donors to lean on Republican Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt to change his vote on the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection commission. That's important in itself, he said, but would also accomplish a very different goal, and one the donors on the call care about a lot: Their implied IOU of future opportunities for Blunt, Manchin suggested, could help neutralize the Democrats' best argument for doing away with the filibuster. Since Republicans oppose anything and everything the Democrats want to do, Rs could preserve the filibuster by proving Ds wrong about that.
A skull from one of the largest mammals to have ever lived has been found in northwest China. The “completely preserved” 26.5 million-year-old fossil comes from an extinct species of giant rhino measuring 16 feet at the shoulder, taller than a giraffe, and weighing 20 tonnes - as much as four African elephants. Researchers have named the newly discovered species Paraceratherium linxiaense.
The bosses of Jet2, Easyjet and Manchester Airport have criticised the government for not putting the Balearic Islands, including Majorca, on the green travel list. The boss of Jet2 said he was "bewildered" over why they couldn't fly to those destinations. While UK travel is limited, Germans are flocking to popular holiday spots.
Earlier this week, the Florida zoo disclosed the results of an investigation into the May 27 deaths of 12 stingrays at its “Touch Tank” facility in May. In a statement, park officials said that a thorough investigation with “independent experts who have extensive aquatic experience in the zoo and aquarium field” helped determine the cause. “Following their analysis and assessment of lab and pathology tests, it's been concluded that a supersaturation event took place, likely in the overnight hours, causing gas embolisms (gas bubble disease) in the rays,” said the statement.
A 16-year-old girl was attacked by a bear in the Great Smoky Mountains early Friday, prompting the National Park Service to close a back country section to visitors. The attack happened at 12:30 a.m., as the teen was sleeping in a hammock in the the Crosby section of the park, officials said. “The family was able to drive the bear off from the area immediately after the attack and quickly notified the park's emergency communications center,” the National Park Service said.
Catholic Bishops voted to advance guidance that would reproach Biden for receiving communion. The document is in response to Biden's support of abortion rights as a policy matter. Biden, a practicing Catholic who regularly attends Mass, is the second Catholic president.
More than 9,300 acres of Big Country ranchland with a unique military history has gone on the market in North Texas. Located about 125 miles northwest of Fort Worth and 65 miles from Abilene, the Tecumseh Ranch features more than eight miles of shoreline on the Clear Fork of the Brazos River and almost five miles of the Tecumseh Creek, according to Hall and Hall Partners, which is handling the bid collection process. There is high expected interest in the property due to its “rare” location in Throckmorton County and amount of water resources in the area, said Tyler Jacobs, a real estate partner at Hall and Hall.
Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on Friday said her office has filed a formal complaint against a charity run by Sidney Powell, a former attorney who joined President Donald Trump's legal team and spewed false voter fraud claims about the 2020 election. In the complaint, Fried alleges the organization — Defending the Republic — has not registered with the state and is deceptively asking for contributions by telling consumers that it is, in fact, registered. Fried, a Democrat challenging Trump ally Gov. Ron DeSantis for governor in 2022, denied that the complaint is politically motivated.
The mysterious shotgun and assault rifle murders of 22-year-old Paul Murdaugh and his 52-year-old mother, Maggie, members of one of the state's most prominent legal families, is the kind of South Carolina happening likely to be discussed for years to come. In the last 125 years across the Palmetto State, such attention-grabbing killings have erupted sporadically from the dark side of the state's cultural DNA. “People are drawn to these crimes for a broad variety of reasons,” says Margaret Oakes, a former lawyer and Furman University professor of English who taught a class this year on true crime writing — an entire branch of nonfiction devoted to stories of lawless behavior, the victims and those who solve the crimes.
Under the EU's new nonbinding measures, it is up to individual countries to decide on visitor regulations, and Germany quickly said it would allow Americans to enter if they are vaccinated or test negative for the coronavirus. Southern European nations like Spain are in the forefront in advocating maximum mobility, despite risks of reigniting the coronavirus contagion and quarrels over what kind of vaccine certification should be adopted. In Malaga, Frangi, a young mother who emigrated from Argentina five years ago, had grown desperate as the pandemic raged and her adopted city shut down.
A state park in northwest Florida on the Gulf was on high alert Thursday after a swimmer was bitten by a shark. According to a Tweet from South Walton Fire District, an emergency crew was summoned to Grayton Beach State Park in Seaside sometime in the afternoon after calls came in about the attack. SWFD responded to a report of a shark attack off the coast of Grayton Beach State Park Thursday afternoon.
A woman died after she fell more than 200 feet off a cliff in Wyoming during a hike with her husband, authorities said. The Sheridan County Sheriff's Office said they received a report Tuesday morning of a woman who fell off Steamboat Point. Bighorn National Forest public affairs officer Sara Kirol told The Sheridan Press that Steamboat Point is an “abandoned fire lookout” with pipe railing.
The claim: Hillary Clinton was hanged at Guantanamo Bay Supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory are banned from mainstream social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, but their baseless claims continue to get traction. In March, USA TODAY debunked an article that claimed Navy SEALs loyal to former President Donald Trump arrested former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for treason. The claim was fictional, but an "update" on Clinton's purported arrest is now circulating on TikTok and Instagram.
New York City police often face few consequences for violating use-of-force guidelines. An analysis of lawsuits and police oversight data shows the requency of these violations, from stop-and-frisk to chokeholds to strip searches. Ahead of New York's June 22 mayoral primary, crime reduction - rather than police reform - has largely taken center stage.
Cuba, which says it has developed five COVID-19 vaccine candidates and immunized about 2 million people in the island of 11 million, apparently didn't plan for a crucial part of its vaccination campaign: syringes. Trump-era sanctions made it harder for Cuba to buy syringes from major manufacturers, which are already swamped with orders from bigger, richer countries. Making matters worse, some of Cuba's vaccines require three doses, meaning the Caribbean nation needs more syringes per capita than most countries using the double shots made by Pfizer, Astrazeneca, Moderna and the single-dose jab by Janssen.
I'm not going to be taking my attention off COVID-19 until we have it essentially crushed — namely, we're not worried about it at all as a public health threat. When that happens, I will go back and refocus my attention on HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, and all the other things my institute does. Fauci, who is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said, “I believe, with all due modesty, we've done incredible things with regard to HIV, with regard to flu and now with regard to COVID-19 by being the main movers in the development of a vaccine.
“It may seem desperate at this point, but I can’t be mad at any and all efforts to get people vaccinated.”
“I won’t get rich, but I will get to live my life. That seems like reward enough.”
“Offering incentives may encourage people who are not actively opposed to vaccination but may have put it off.”
“At some point, the government is simply rewarding irresponsible behavior.”
“Sure, people should do it without needing an incentive. But what’s the alternative? Not enough people get vaccinated.”